No father wants their child to suffer, but amid an ongoing pandemic, it would be safe to say that fathers have had an extremely tough and challenging time. From managing families to running to hospitals, there is nothing that they haven’t done to protect their loved ones. On this Father’s Day, we look at just three of the many such examples that we have come across.
Alok Pachori, a 33-year-old banker-father from Delhi, faced a daunting task this May. His infant son had high fever, and the rest of his family was COVID positive. Speaking to EastMojo about the moment of distress, Pachori said, “While the whole family got COVID positive, my 13-month old baby Nirvaan also got the symptoms. As his mother was COVID positive, she couldn’t feed him. And he was not having any food or liquid, maybe because he lost sense of taste and smell. Because of dehydration, he was falling after 2-3 steps. There were blood clots on his lips.”
He added, “As a father, it was traumatising to see my child in pain and not being able to understand what he was going through. I tried to comfort him in every way possible. Along with this, my mother-in-law needed an oxygen cylinder, so I had to arrange that in the middle of all of this.”
Despite a shortage of health facilities across the state, he somehow managed to save the infant who was in a fragile shape, while managing his job and other household responsibilities that came on his shoulder when the whole family got hospitalised.
A father who cycled 300 km to give his son his special medicines
A construction worker from a village in Karnataka was left with no choice, but to cycle 300 km to deliver life-saving drugs to his son. He cycled from his native village Ganiganakoppal near Bannur in T Narasipur taluk to Bengaluru to get medicines for his 10-year-old son suffering from a chronic health problem.
According to reports, his son was being treated at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) since birth, and the duo used to visit the hospital every two months to procure medicines. However, due to COVID, he could not go for the regular checkup of his son or to get medicines.
In urgent need of medicines, the father cycled to Bengaluru to get the medicines. After knowing about his distressful situation, the doctors of that hospital provided financial help of ₹1,000.
A father from Jharkhand cycled 400 km to get blood to save his son’s life
In another similar incident from Jharkhand, a father cycled 400 km to get blood to save his son’s life.
According to reports, Dilip Yadav’s five-year-old son Vivek suffers from Thalassemia. For his medical purpose, Yadav, a resident of Pratappur village of Godda, bring his child to Jamtara, 400 km away every month. Due to his financial situation, he has no option but to cycle the distance.